Thursday, November 29, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hulk & Black Widow

I had this weird idea for a Kay Nielson-influenced illustration based on a scene from "The Avengers." Kind of a fun experiment, as it turned out.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012


I've been wanting to start taking my practice sketches in a more creative direction. I usually practice from photos, but I want to start using the photo as a starting point and adding in a more fantastical element. Here's a first attempt. Below is the original photo, as usual from Jimmy Palmiotti's super fun blog. The cell phone turns into a prop gun so easily!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Practice sketch: 2 women jogging

Today I finally forced myself to steal 45 minutes when I should have been working and do a practice sketch! I guess I haven't done any personal work all summer, but in the meanwhile my technique has been evolving a great deal in my professional work. It's ironic--though typically self-defeating--that I stopped doing personal stuff just as I started developing the tools to do something more interesting with it.

Image source: World of Stock

Friday, June 29, 2012

Storyboards: "Inkmaster" round 3

This is the last of these I have, so I'll move on to something else, I swear. I thought the third round was kind of interesting because it's less conceptual, it's trying to better convey the story of this tattoo competition. I liked the idea of the tattoos emerging in time-lapse as the artists' hands moved across the skin ghost-like.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Storyboards: "Inkmaster" round 2

Another round of surreal images of people peeling off their skin to reveal tattooed skin underneath. Sometimes I'm given a full script for a project, and sometimes I'm given a concept and asked to riff on it, and this is the latter. Behind-the-scenes tidbit: I did a bunch of these during "down time" at my table at New York Comic Con 2011. (It quickly became apparent that weekend that freelancing was the only way I was going to make any money.)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Storyboards: "Inkmaster"

More recent storyboard stuff: early concept art for the opening credits of a reality show called "Inkmaster." I think the final credits didn't bear a lot of resemblance to this. We actually did two more rounds of these, so if I can't come up with anything better for the next couple of days (which is sort of a given), I may just put those up too.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Storyboards: "Fuel"

I usually have a rule against recycling freelance work here, because the whole point of this page is to "force" myself to produce extracurricular art. But I've been so quiet lately on that front that I'm willing to put up anything at this point. This is an advertising storyboard gig from a few months back--I was told that the pitch crashed and burned in short order, so I think I'm safe in putting these up on a public site.

Without going into any detail, the brief was to tell a story demonstrating how new, innovative technologies are usually met with ridicule, so we skip through a few different eras showing people responding to the electric light, the television, the cell phone, and finally the new-gen electric cars.

I tried to come up with ways to really sell the idea of the different eras. It's clear enough to convey the different eras through the characters' clothes and hairstyles, but I also tried to use a specific color palette and lighting design to help differentiate each era.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Louis CK

These are some frames from a little sketch exercise I did recently for my own amusement: an illustrated version of the opening credits for Louis CK's show "Louie" on the FX network. I'll try to post the full version soon, whenever I get around to uploading it to YouTube.

ACCW WrestleRiot

A fun little poster I did for ACCW, an indy wrestling promotion in England. Normally I bristle a little at being asked to do freebies, but it sounded like an enjoyable way to spend an hour, and I liked the attitude of the guy. He didn't cry the blues about having no budget or worse, try to tell me fairy tales about being able to pay me down the road. He just asked politely, and for once that was plenty.

360 Anatomy

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Aayla vs. Talon

Final pencils for this pinup of two alien women from the Star Wars universe. (I posted the original digital sketch here.) I sent it off to Mark McKenna, who's going to ink it and submit it, by invitation, to the art show for this year's Star Wars Celebration convention.

 Like always happens when I try to return to my comic-book roots, I had a terrible attack of anxiety once I got done with the initial sketching and started applying HB pencil to bristol board. But you know, halfway through working on it, I felt that I was really turning a corner, like I was finally transcending the horrendous struggles I used to wage against my own artistic limitations. Then when it was 90% done I had to stop myself from trashing it and starting over, and after I sent it off I wanted to throw out all my pencils and find some other line of work. Pretty much just like the old days.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Soho mannequins

My new favorite day-off (or hour-off) activity: roaming the streets in Soho, sketching the mannequins in the shop windows.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

"The 99"

Last summer some old Marvel buddies asked me to pinch-hit on this superhero strip they produce for the Middle East market. Apart from wanting to help my friends out of a pinch, this represents my first panel-to-panel superhero comics in like fifteen years, so I was jumping up and down to do it. It's not exactly the most dramatic of stories--our heroes basically walk around for awhile and save some scientists from a volcano--but I tried to jazz it up as best I could.

Due to some kind of format issue, they ended up cutting the art apart and moving stuff around when they went to print, as you can see at bottom. But whatevs, it still reads pretty good.

Big thanks to Michael Kraiger and Marie Javins for giving me a chance to shake some of the dust off my limbs.

Here's the color version:

Monday, March 12, 2012

"Last Ringbearer" cover sketch

Messing around with a cover idea for Dr. Kirill Yeskov's unauthorized revisionist-Tolkien novel "The Last Ringbearer." I love the book and I want to help promote it. One of my favorite things about being an artist is that I sometimes get the opportunity to lend a hand to a brilliant under-appreciated talent.

Below is my original rough, and my daughter's take on it. How cute is that?

Jimmy Monday

Source: Jimmy Palmiotti's blog

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Jedi Duel

This is actually what got me started with the Star Wars stuff: Mark McKenna was invited to participate in an art show for the big official SW convention, and asked me to help him come up with something. Typically, I went way overboard on my pencil sketch and added rough inks and colors. The piece has been submitted for review, we'll see if they accept it. I'm grateful Mark asked me to do this, because I don't often get around to doing cool geek stuff like this anymore.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Death Angel

My main man Anthony turned up a copy of an old development sketch of a very minor Valiant character from back in the '90s. As is usual for me, I couldn't resist reworking it and trying to rectify the mistakes of the past. By "mistakes" I'm not referring to the insanely sexist costume--I'm still able to appreciate a woman in skintight leather with her ass hanging out--just the hopeless figure drawing.

Here's a page about "Death Angel" as she appeared in the comics. I remember a bunch of us throwing in ideas, but Sean Chen did the design. My original sketch is below:

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Another Undertaker t-shirt!


They changed the background. I like it though. Here's the original sketch:

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Vader & Anikin

I can't stop drawing Star Wars stuff for some reason.

UPDATE 2/3/12: You may notice I extended Vader's muzzle a bit. This was a deliberate reference to the original development art of Ralph McQuarrie, which in many cases I love even more than the final designs that made it into the films. I just read tonight that Mr. McQuarrie has moved on from this Earth. Ah nertz.